- Brand Name: KIAZ7
- Model Number: WID/16GBZ
- Hard Disk Size: 16 GB
- Hard Disk Description: Portable
- Item Display Weight: 0.50 pounds
Kingston Wi-Drive 16 GB USB 2.0 Pocket-sized Portable Storage WID/16GBZ
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- Wireless Network Interface - Wi-Fi 802.11g/n with wireless security (WPA/WEP)
- Rechargeable Battery - up to four hours of continuous use
- Cable - miniUSB to USB cable included. User can upload files and content from their PC/Mac to the Wi-Drive using the USB cable.
- App - downloadable at Apple's App Store
- Compatible with iPad, iPhone 3G/3GS/4, iPod touch (3G is limited to iOS4.2.1+)
- Configurable APN (access point name) and Key functions to connect to Wireless Access Point (Internet Connection)
- Guaranteed - one year warranty
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From the Manufacturer
Store and share your favorite content with your favorite people.
Kingston’s revolutionary new Wi-Drive™ gives you added, Flash-based storage for Apple devices and Kindle Fire and lets you share photos, videos, music and more with two other users on their own iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Kindle Fire. Share documents and other content, or stream media to break through the storage limitations of your iPad, iPod touch, iPhone or Kindle Fire.
With integrated Wi-Fi and four hours of battery life, Kingston's new Wi-Drive offers pocket-sized portable storage and easy file sharing for Apple devices and Kindle Fire. Accessing or sharing your personal media has never been easier. Take it anywhere, in your purse, backpack or briefcase, to share your files, music, photos, videos and more.
Wi-Drive is backed by a one-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston® reliability.
Kingston’s Wi-Drive offers great:
- Portability: Wi-Fi enabled so you can take your favorite media with you — and not be tethered to your computer. Just use your digital device as a player and display.
- Expanded storage: Wi-Drive adds up to 64GB of storage space for more of your favorite music, photos, videos, PDFs and more.
- Casual Sharing: Wi-Drive lets you share your favorite media with two other users simultaneously — without any hassles.
Supported formats for audio files include AAC, MP3, and WAV formats. Playable video files include H.264, m4v, mp4, mov and Motion JPEG (M-PEG). You can view static images of types JPG, BMP, and TIFF and documents in Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office, or Apple iWork formats (pdf, doc, docx, key, numbers, pages, ppt, pptx, txt, rtf, xls).
Access to the drive is done over the 802.11 g/n protocol, just like your typical home wireless hub. Carry extra files and content with you and use your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Kindle Fire as a display to share information.
Stop worrying about filling up the space on your Apple mobile device or Kindle Fire. Keep a Kingston Wi-Drive in your pocket and share files securely with friends or colleagues — all your files are shareable over a secure local network.
iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Top Customer Reviews
However, there is one hidden drawback that makes the device far less desirable: it is formatted in FAT32 and thus will not allow any file larger than 4gb to be copied over. Let me repeat that so that it is very clear: you cannot copy a file larger than 4gb to this device and there is no workaround for this limitation. For those of you that are in the IT field, you understand what this limitation means. For those of you not tech-savvy, what this means is that the largest size file that you can copy onto this device is about 4gb. Now that may not sound like a big deal, but when you have a studio-produced movie file often the size of the file exceeds 4gb. For home movies, song files and other basic multimedia files this is not a deal breaker. But if you are using the device like I am, for watching Hollywood movies, then you will run headlong into this limitation.
I contacted Kingston support to confirm that there is no workaround to this problem and they did confirm that this is a fixed limitation. The drive cannot be reformatted to NTFS due to the configuration files for management of the wireless connectivity. What really is frustrating is that Kingston chooses to hide this issue from the consumer. No where is there any mention of this little restriction, and I believe that this type of fact should be clearly disclosed in the product description.
Otherwise this is a great little device. It's small, light, easy to work with, and the streaming of the files has so far worked flawlessly.Read more ›
- Easy to set up
- Supports all native iOS file types
- Android support coming in November '11
- Acts as a bridge to extend Wi-Fi connection
- Connectivity for up to three devices
- Small and sleek design
- Bridge mode currently doesn't support unadvertised Wi-Fi networks
- Can get pretty warm
IN THE BOX
The Wi-Drive comes with a Getting Started guide, a wall plug for charging, and a USB cable
The Wi-Drive is basically a flash-based USB storage device that comes in 16GB and 32GB sizes. Since it uses flash memory, rather than a mechanical drive, the Wi-Drive is incredibly slim and light.
The exterior is made out of a glossy plastic that looks great, but attracts a fair amount of dust and fingerprints. At the top of the Wi-Drive is a standard mini-USB port for connecting it to a computer and for charging. On the right side is a small power button and a pinhole reset button.
Despite the thin plastic material for the housing, the Wi-Drive feels pretty well-made. It does creak a bit though, if you put pressure on the plastic housing. I also wish it had non-skid feet on the backside to keep it from sliding around.
Setting up the Wi-Drive is pretty simple and involves just three steps: 1. Connect the Wi-Drive to a computer and transfer files over 2. Install the free Wi-Drive app 3. Connect your device to the Wi-Drive over Wi-Fi.Read more ›
The other thing to point out is something I couldn't find any info about prior to purchasing; it appeared that you could only stream files from the drive to a device, but it's actually possible to copy them to the "Local" drive (i.e., the phone, iPad, etc.) and watch them without have the Wi Drive on or with you. So...while it may not be allowed to have it on during a flight, one could definitely download movies from it to the device during a layover.
Everyone that has seen it (or accessed) is very impressed with the size and capability. For anyone with a 16Gb iPad or iPod, this would be a great way to have extra files with you. (I've used it for video, music, jpeg, and data files)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Can't really see the point for this. At the time, I would have preferred a larger capacity, but still, I think more memory cards are a better option. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by ManoaHI
the wi- drive was a good ideal if it would do what's suppose to do. it was hard to usePublished on August 5, 2013 by tyrone g brooks
didn't read the description completely before i bought this, i assumed a two way file transfer with this, being a hard drive, but it doesn't allow you to copy contents from your... Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by ganesh
When I bought this item I got it with the intention to free up space on my iPad. In short it has not lived up to my expectations. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by MDG
NEW PRODUCT FOR ME AND I USED FOR BACKUP ON NOTEBOOK. Had no problems using on my other devices boothing them up..Published on February 18, 2013 by Guy
I'm not really a high tech nerd or anything. I got this to store music on to save my cpu some space. It did the trick. I dont use the wi fi part of it.Published on January 28, 2013 by John R.
I used pretty good in couple months.
I was trying to update firmware in pc/mac. both failed on me. and now it didn't stream mp3, mp4, avi for other device. Read more